2013 WWE Hall of Fame inductees react to epic Madison Square Garden enshrinement

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April 07, 2013

NEW YORK CITY — On the night before WrestleMania 29, where legacy is a prevailing theme, Superstars and Legends gathered in Madison Square Garden to watch the WWE Hall of Fame Class of 2013 cement their own.

The WWE Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony saw New York City sports-entertainment legends Bruno Sammartino and Bob Backlund come home, joined by Trish Stratus, Booker T, Mick Foley and millionaire mogul Donald Trump.

A visibly appreciative Sammartino was humbled by the rousing standing ovation he received at night’s end, as well as the chance to once again main-event inside the building that made him famous.

“I’m very grateful for the opportunity to appear in Madison Square Garden one more time,” he said. “I headlined this building more times than anyone in history. To have the opportunity to come here one more time at this stage of my life is a thrill that will stay with me forever.”

The ceremonious evening kicked off with Mick Foley taking his place in WWE history. The Hardcore Legend was inducted by his close friend and former tag team partner, WWE Hall of Famer Terry Funk

Photos of the 2013 WWE Hall of Fame Class

“Mick and I went down the road a lot when he first got into the profession,” Funk told WWE.com after his speech. “I know he feels the same way about it as I do. He has a tremendous amount of respect for the business, as I do. That’s our real connection.”

Watch Funk speak on Foley's induction

While addressing the WWE Universe from the podium, Foley took time to thank many of the important people in his career, including his trainer, Dominic DeNucci, Jim Ross and Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka, the WWE Legend whose leap off the top of a steel cage — in MSG, no less — inspired him to become a future Hardcore Legend.

Before wrapping up his speech, Foley wanted to right one wrong from his in-ring career: never defeating Chris Jericho. Y2J obliged, climbing on stage and laying down on the floor. Foley showed his appreciation by dropping an elbow and covering Jericho, with the pin counted by an intervening CM Punk. Then, when it appeared all was said and done, Foley was surprised by Santa and Mrs. Claus, who presented him with a flannel print coat, just like Jolly Old Saint Nick’s.

Foley pins Jericho | The Hardcore Legend speaks

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